Elias Sacks is Director of the Program in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on modern Jewish thought, Jewish-Christian relations, philosophy of religion, religion and politics, hermeneutics, and religious ethics. He has published on medieval and modern figures including Moses Maimonides, Baruch Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn, Nachman Krochmal, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Jacob Taubes, and Michael Wyschogrod, and he serves as modern Judaism co-editor for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.
For the 100th anniversary of the publication of Franz Rosenzweig’s The Star of Redemption, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the relevance of this difficult theo-political (and some would say, apolitical) text for our contemporary political moment. In the spirit of opening living, critical, and generative conversations, four authors wrestle with the Star while also wrestling with a wide range of pressing present issues from politics and policing to racial injustice, religious identity, and radical hope.